I've been wanting to show off my AMD build for a while now, and thought it would be the best time after the release of the RX 480. Like many of us, I'm just tired of waiting for either it being on stock, or the custom boards to come out. I will wait no longer to post my build! Maybe in the future, I'll show you it when I upgrade. Alright, here we go:
[CPU] - (Newegg $140) I've had the FX-8320 for about a year now, maybe a bit less. It has been overclocked to 4.4GHz in the past, but it gave me some trouble with adjusted voltage. It has been running stable ever since at 4.0GHz, no issues. This thing ran so hot even with the Hyper 212 EVO I had. Which bring us to the AIO water cooler.
[CPU COOLER] - (Newegg $99) There's really not much else to say about this proven the H100i GTX, if it can keep this AMD chip at below 30C, it can take on way more abuse. I did get two more fans for a push/pull setup. I have to say the stock fans are nothing special, but they do not get very loud. I think I may not notice the difference if I upgrade them in the future.
[MOTHERBOARD] - (Newegg $84) This was a no-brainer. The MSI 970 Gaming is the most popular AM3+ board on this site, it's under $100, and the color scheme is great. Arguably, it is not the best overclocker. I think the only reason the board has kept the chip stable at 4.0GHz is because no voltage was altered. It doesn't like it when you do that a lot. It looks nice, though!
[MEMORY] - (Reddit $45) RAM is RAM is RAM. These ones are red.
[STORAGE] - (Newegg $60) The PNY CS1311 was not an amazing deal, but I figured the price was not dropping until maybe the fall or Black Friday, so I went for it. It also fits the color scheme, shame it's mounted on the back. Something I didn't know until arrived was that it includes a key for Acronis. That was very helpful when transferring data from a smaller SSD.
[STORAGE] - (Newegg $42.49) The Caviar Blue is the best budget HDD. Gets the job done quicker than most and comes with a decent warranty. Makes me want to stock up on these for all future builds.
[STORAGE] - (Costco $60] This was actually an external Seagate drive, but can't remember which one. Thanks to Speccy I was able to find it. It does feel inferior to the WD when I move files around.
[VIDEO CARD] - (Newegg $200) My least favorite thing in this build and the first thing I will upgrade after posing. I've had this GTX 690 Strix since it came out and it just bothers me how it can look so good, but under perform so bad. Looking back on it, it was a great deal, and the card is still worth about $125. I guess it's just a matter of either selling it or using it on an HTPC later on. Meh, let's talk about something else.
[CASE] - (Newegg $55) The Eclipse P400 was a breeze to build inside. It is very spacious and so forgiving of cable management. It can fit my p/p setup for the radiator, it hides the bulk of the cables under the hood, and it looks so clean. After talking to someone on Reddit I learned they moved the LED to the inside of the case since the only thing holding them there were two screws. Why didn't I think of that? Light show for all! Before the bad, I have to say I completely recommend this case to anyone, on a budget or not. You will love it. If you are not water cooling you may want to keep an eye at your temperatures, the front bezel only has two small openings at the bottom and the top for intake. Not enough, man.
[POWER SUPPLY] - (Amazon $70) This was such a good deal for the Supernova G2, couldn't pass it up. If you've never owned an EVGA PSU before, get on it. Just from the packaging itself you can tell they take it very seriously over there. You can't beat the warranty either.
There you have it, though I really wish I had an RX 480 to share with you guys right now. Come over to the red side! We are definitely warmer people.